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VR Soccer '96

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In 1995 the increased power of the new wave of systems made 3D football games a possibility several companies investigated. Most of the features people later took for granted in football games were pioneered, or at least fairly fresh, when they appeared in the first of the Actua Sports titles.

Multiple camera angles were available to view the full-3D action, with 3 Sheffield Wednesday FC players providing motion capture. 44 international squads of 22 players, each with 8 individual skill attributes, were featured. BBC commentator Barry Davies provided a full flowing commentary over the top. A full range of customised tournaments were available, as well as multi-player options allowing for both same-system and networked play.


VR Soccer '96 DOS Editing team data.
VR Soccer '96 SEGA Saturn Selecting teams for a friendly match.
VR Soccer '96 DOS Main menu
VR Soccer '96 SEGA Saturn Main menu.

Alternate Titles

  • "VR Soccer" -- Saturn title
  • "ranSoccer" -- German 1996 re-release
  • "Fotball Feber" -- Norwegian title
  • "Actua Soccer" -- European title
  • "アクチャーサッカー" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

World Village (Gamer's Zone) DOS 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameFan Magazine PlayStation May, 1996 88 out of 100 88
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation May, 1996 8.5 out of 10 85
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Feb, 1996 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) PlayStation May, 1996 4 out of 5 80
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1995 79 out of 100 79
Power Play DOS Dec, 1995 74 out of 100 74
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1995 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 13, 1996 5.1 out of 10 51
Génération 4 Macintosh Jan, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50


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